Italy: Fresh quake shakes Sicily’s northeast Messina province

August 9, 2011SICILY, Italy – A magnitude 2.3 earthquake rocked Italy’s northeastern Sicilian province of Messina, the latest in a series of tremors to hit the area since late July. There were no reports of anyone being injured or damage to buildings in the latest quake, which struck at 23.50 pm on Sunday. The localities closest to the quake epicentre included Alcara Li Fusi, Capri Leone, Castell’Umberto, Ficarra and and Galati Mamertino, according to Italy’s national geophysics and vulcancology institute. Four magnitude 2 earthquakes shook eastern Sicily between 27 and 28 July in the areas of Messina and Syracuse. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake and tsunami devastated Messina and southern Calabria in 1908, killing up to 200,000 people. The catastrophe destroyed almost all of the port city and severely damaged the city of Reggio Calabria. The destruction was felt within a 300 kilometre radius. Italy, a seismic zone, has suffered numerous earthquakes in the past century. Most recently, a magnitude 6.3 killed 308 people in the central Italian city of L’Aquila and surrounding area in April, 2009. The quake injured some 1,600 people, displaced some 50,000 and destroyed many buildings in the historic city and surrounding Abruzzo region, which is still struggling to recover from the disaster. –ADN Kronos
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